Brazil’s national team coach Tite today (May 14) disclosed its 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia, to begin on June 14. A total of 20 members play for teams overseas. Only Cássio and Fagner (of Corinthians), and Pedro Geromel (of Grêmio) are active on Brazilian clubs.
Tite had said some of his choices had already been made, among them Marcelo, Gabriel Jesus, and Neymar. The list disclosed today served to confirm names like Danilo, Fred, and Taison. Daniel Alves, however, previously seen as a given, was left out because of an injury.
Among foreign teams, Manchester City was the one with the biggest amount of players named for the team—four; followed by Paris Saint Germain, with three. On Tite’s list, the oldest player is Miranda, from Inter Milan (Italy), aged 33 and to face his first World Cup. Gabriel Jesus, aged 21, is the youngest, and also a first-timer.
Brazil is to face Switzerland in its opener on Sunday, June 17, at 3 pm, in Rostov-on-Don, local time.
The names on the seleção are as follows:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Rome), Ederson (Manchester City), and Cássio (Corinthians).
Full-backs: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), and Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid).
Defenders: Miranda (Inter de Milão), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), and Pedro Geromel (Grêmio).
Midfielders: Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), and Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk).
Forwards: Neymar (PSG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), and Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).